According to the Ranch Report, both players were of some interest to the Cowboys and their names had been discussed inside Valley Ranch. Apparently that discussion did not lead to a lot of interest, because yesterday, both safeties signed new contracts with other teams.
Adam Shefter reports that Sanders is staying in the AFC and will sign a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Reports that Bob Sanders broke his hand signing the contract and is out for season were immediately dispelled, but his injury history is the reason the deal is for only one year. Atogwe meanwhile signed a five-year deal worth $26 million with the Redskins, where he rejoins DC Jim Haslett, for whom he played from 06-08.
After the break we look at some of the better safeties remaining in the free agent pool this year.
In the meantime, the Cowboys are allowing Gerald Sensabaugh to test free agency waters, and appear to be biding their time before trying to plug the hole at safety either through the draft or free agency, once that resumes. There still are a number of interesting free agents out there, and Atogwe's $5.2 million per year sets a price that appears quite reasonable, given that he has notched the third most turnovers among NFL defensive backs over the last five years. But then again, Atogwe only has five interceptions in the last two years, just as much as Sensabaugh had last year.
The list of free agent safeties remains long:
- free agent strong safety is unsure whether he'll return to the Eagles next year.
- puts the chances of a re-signing at 50/50 is considered one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs of 2010
- Bears during the season. The deal would have been for $6 million, with $2 million guaranteed. three-year extension offer from the
- assigned a restricted free agency tender by the Ravens, but once a CBA is signed, RFA tenders for fifth- and sixth-year players are likely going to be meaningless. Landry is such a fifth-year player.
, so he's a guy who could be enticed to come to Dallas. He does have an injury history with concussions, but reuniting him with former DC Rob Ryan in his home state of Texas might be just the ticket for Pool. big for a safety
These are just some of the free agent safeties available who graded out well according to Pro Football Focus. If you could choose any one of these free agent safeties, which one would it be, or would you pick someone else altogether?